Category: Instructional Articles
Bar Box 8-Ball
By: Marty Kaczmarowski, APA 7
End of game or middle game strategy: take away a blocked pocket with a combination and put your ball in front of the pocket. This leaves you with a “œduck” and your opponent with a headache.
The Ref Stop
Cheaters Never Win
By Bob Hunt
Have you ever thought about destiny?Â Â Destiny is a vivid force in pool.Â You know what I mean, when you slipped and privately bumped the cue ball, shot anyway and missed. Maybe you accidentally moved a ball that ended up in a good spot for you and failed to mention it.Â You lost anyway or gave your opponent ball in hand because of something stupid.Â That is destiny for cheaters.Â Â Destiny is Mother Nature’s way to make things right.Â Maybe a guilty conscious or a mysterious aura is at work.Â I do not know, it just happens.Â Players that cheat usually cannot win by skillful means.Â So if you are worried about a cheater beating you, just let it go and win by destiny.Â Of course, you should let the ref know so we can look out for those characters.Â I love to catch them.Â Make my day!
Blacking Out by Tom Simpson It’s absolutely vital to be in the present moment during each shot. For a shot to be the beautiful, fluid, hitch-free, confident, effortless motion you’d like it to be,...
We don’t always lose because we choke Often times we find ourselves getting tired after several rounds of competition and this cause our stroke to be tentative. We miss shots we know we can...
It was day two of the tournament and he was on the b-side. He had played poorly, missing shots and hooking himself. He admitted that he hadn’t played well, but all he could talk about was how much he hated that heavy bar table cue ball. It didn’t do what he wanted and he kept getting into trouble. Being more accustomed to the red circle cue ball, he was having difficultly adjusting to the heavier bar ball and the smaller tables. He was complaining about the conditions.
By Eric “œThe Preacher” Yow!
This issue I want to show three easy set-up shots that will surely impress the passer-by. In my shows of “œEric Yow’s Trick Shot Madness” I perform a variety of shots, some easy, many hard, and everything in between. To get the show started, I often have a few shots setup, ready to go, which are almost sure makes just by virtue of them being set up properly. As illustrated, these are three of the shots, each requiring three balls, which are nice novelty shots to both warm up a crowd and arouse interest in what else you may have up your sleeve.
If you can set this shot up and tap it into the table before your mark shows up this makes a good One Pocket proposition. Freeze the 2 and 5 balls together as you see them in this diagram. The 2 ball is near the foot-rail a ball or two beyond the center of table on your opponents side. The 2 and 5 are aimed directly towards the first diamond on the long rail on your opponent’s side of the table.